MILTON-FREEWATER - Freewater students raised more than $1,500 for the American Heart Association, while getting their own hearts pumping.
Over three weeks in January, Freewater students jumped rope in their physical education classes. Fifty of those students then went out into the community to raise money for the AHA. Together the students raised $1,560.37, the school announced this month.
The American Heart Association has the goal of fighting heart disease and strokes.
The "Jump Rope for Heart" event is in its 20th year at Freewater. During the first week of "Jump Rope for Heart," students jumped individually with short ropes. The second week, students switched it up and jumped rope with a short rope using partners. By the third week, students used long ropes to Double-Dutch jump and other group jumping.
Freewater fourth-grader Carson Chester raised $215, making him the school's top fundraiser -- a distinction he has held three years in a row. Second-grader Hector Leon raised $94; third-grader Anna Slaughter raised $67, and fifth=grade student Victoria Arredondo raised $40.
"I am very proud of our students and very grateful to our very supportive community for helping raise $1560.37," said teacher Cathy Hendricks in an e-mail.